Government gives nod to ambitious 1,412 km road projects in north eastern States

January 9th, 2009 - 8:56 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan.9 (ANI): Home Minister P.Chidambaram today said that the Government has approved an ambitious proposal intended at improving road connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh linking all its 16 district headquarters, besides improving connectivity in Assam.
Proposed under Rs. 12,513-crore plan by the Department of Road Transport and Highways, the roads hold strategic importance to enable a better road communication to Anini and Anjaw districts bordering China.
The Cabinet Committee cleared the proposal which involved construction of 1,412 km Trans-Arunanchal Highway which would interlink its 11 district headquarters, besides construction of 847 km 2-lane roads, providing improved connectivity to the remaining five districts.
The proposal also included construction of 60 km missing link between National Highway (NH) 52 near Roing and NH 37 near Dhola, including a major bridge over river Lohit between Dhola and Sadia in Assam.
The 776-km stretches of Trans Arunachal Highway comprising major bridges will be built on build-operate- transfer basis. It would benefit all 16 districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Assams Sibsagar and Tinsukhiya districts.
The project would also facilitate and benefit several hydro power projects across hilly terrains of the state.
Besides, the Cabinet has also approved creation of a project management unit at Guwahati, headed by Additional Director General, for a better and efficient implementation of Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in the North East. (ANI)

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